Endangered Sea Turtle Takes Boards the Cape May-Lewis Ferry

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CAPE MAY – An endangered Kemps Ridley Green Sea Turtle traveled from Marine Mammal Stranding Center (MMSC) in Brigantine to a location near Virginia Beach on Sunday, October 11th, aboard the Cape May-Lewis Ferry.
The MMSC is a non-profit organization that rescues sea animals and the ferry has been transporting MMSC turtles, seals, and distressed dolphins for over 35 years.
The turtle, who is estimated to be between 3 and 4 years old, was rescued by MMSC in Forked River from intake pipes at the Oyster Creek Generation Station. The organization has saved half a dozen turtles at the same location this year and 50 to 80 turtles along the NJ coast during the same time period. The MMSC, along with organizations such as the New England Aquarium, National Aquarium of Baltimore, and Virginia Aquarium, joined together to release the turtles into the ocean.
The Kemps Ridley Green Sea Turtle is currently endangered because they are frequently killed in the Caribbean for food, turtle meat, and eggs. Additionally, their shells are often sold to tourists.
“This time of year, it’s critical to the turtles’ survival that they move to warmer water,” said Bob Schoelkopf, Founding Director of MMSC. “They become lethargic in cold water, where they will slow down and often die.”
For more information about the Marine Mammal Stranding Center or to make a donation, visit their website at www.mmsc.org, call the organization at 609.266.0538, or send an email to info@mmsc.org.

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